A Victoria woman hit the jackpot earlier this week.
And it’s not the first time Amanda List beat the odds.
“It says five hundred thousand dollars.”
Two days after winning the lottery, Amanda still can’t quite believe it.
“I checked one of them.
It kept going off, saying check ticket again.
Check ticket again.”
So the clerk at Tillicum Mall’s Lotto Centre, Bavi Sihota, had to confirm it for her.
“And I put it through, my machine got locked.
And I said, oh my god, you’re the one who won half a million dollars.
Then I checked the screen, and it says 500 thousand.”
“This is when Amanda was in ICU.”
Amanda’s dad, Mike List, looks at pictures of Amanda in the hospital.
The lottery bonanza comes five years to the day after Amanda contracted a life-threatening illness.
Born with spina bifida, she fell into a coma for two and a half weeks.
“Five years ago was pretty rough.
March 21st, 2011 Amanda was admitted into Vic General with meningitis and peritonitis and septic shock.
She had surgery in Vancouver, which she had issues with.
As soon as they got her into hospital, it went downhill.”
But 40 surgeries and many months later, Amanda fully recovered.
She beat the odds, according to her dad, who suggested she invest in the lottery.
“It was very difficult to get her to purchase tickets at first.
She figured ten dollars was a waste, because she’s never going to win.
She started winning a little bit.
One 90 dollars, that encouraged her to do a little bit more.”
And doing more is part of who she is.
Whether it’s competing in a 24 hour relay, or making it to her high school graduation weeks after getting out of the hospital.
“It’ll definitely make my life a little bit easier.
I won’t have to worry about money so much right now.”
“It’s wonderful, is what it is.
I’m very happy for her.”
As for her immediate plans, dinner with her friends to celebrate her 23rd birthday.
“I’ve always wanted to do Hawaii.
We’re talking about Disneyland because that’s what everyone wants to do.”
And, with her luck, purchase a few future lottery tickets.